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USF Shoots for 3-0 Start Tuesday at Home

November 19, 2012

WHO: Bradley (2-1) at USF (2-0)

WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Sun Dome

RADIO: 1010-AM




USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - USF is off to an impressive 2-0 start but head coach Jose Fernandez knows there still is a lot of room for growth.

The Bulls look to make more improvement 5 p.m. Tuesday against Bradley at the Sun Dome. USF started the season off with a 70-48 win over Stetson and outlasted Clemson, 75-73, on the road on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

"We're off to a good start, but there are a lot of things that we've seen on tape, areas of improvement," Fernandez said. "We have a good Bradley team coming in here. They just beat Illinois on the road."

USF's depth might be tested against the Braves with starting point guard Courtney Williams being questionable because she's been dealing with strep throat for the past week. The freshman is averaging 5.5 points a game for a Bulls squad that's attacked opponents well so far. Seniors Andrea and Andrell Smith are both averaging 16.5 points per game. Andrell Smith scored a career-high 26 points against Clemson and went 6-for-9 from 3-point range.

"She was open, we found her in transition, and she took some good shots. We probably should have found her more in the first half," Fernandez said.

USF concludes its two-game homestand 7 p.m. Friday against North Dakota before playing at UNC-Asheville on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

"I like where we're at. I think we have a very challenging non-conference schedule that will prepare us for the Big East," Fernandez said.

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